Easter in Guyana 2011

Easter celebrations in Guyana will begin on Friday April 22, 2011  and marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian calendar.  Easter Monday, April 25th is a National Holiday.

Easter In Guyana - Kite Flying

Kite Flying has become part of Easter ritual in Guyana and families across the country flock to popular open spaces such as the Kitty Seawall in Georgetown, the National Park and the 63 Beach in Berbice.

If the weather is cooperative, thousands of colorful kites will take to the skies.  Cricket is also widely played during the Guyanese Easter celebrations.

A Vacquero riding a wild bronco during the Rupununi Rodeo during Easter

In Lethem in the Rupununi, the annual rodeo is held during the Easter weekend and shows off the skill of Amerindian cowbows (Vaqueros) featuring horse races, wild bull and bronco riding.

Bartica Regatta

The Bartica Regatta and the Miss Bartica Pageant are also held annually during the Easter weekend and it attracts thousands of the visitors to the mining community in Essequibo.  Regatta features mainly water sports and competition such as jet-skiing and canoe racing.

Food is of course a big part of any Guyanese celebration and there will be lots of it.   In Guyana there are no Easter egg hunts or the concept of the Easter bunny.  The Guyanese food of choice that is unique to the Easter celebrations is “Hot Cross Buns” which is also the name of a British nursery rhyme.   The cross on the buns is supposed to represent the cross on which Jesus Christ died.

Hot cross buns!

Hot cross buns!

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

If ye have no daughters,

Give them to your sons.

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns.

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Guyana Facts

Official Name
The Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Georgetown is the capital city.

National Symbols
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Population

Approximately 751,223 (Census 2002) of which 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of the three major rivers. The ethnic composition of the population is as follows:

  • East Indian 43.5%
  • Black (African) 30.2%
  • Mixed 16.7%
  • Amerindian 9.1%
  • Other 0.5%

Location

North East of South America between 1o & 9o North Latitude and 57o & 61o West Longitude, bordering Venezuela to the West, Brazil to the South, Suriname to the East.

Language

The official language is English. Often spoken with a Caribbean Creole flavour. Guyana is also the only English speaking country in South America.

Government

Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a “Cooperative Republic in 1970, when a non executive President replaced the Governor-General. A new constitution in 1980 gave the President wide executive powers. The Cabinet is headed by the President, and there is a 65-member National Assembly elected by proportional representation.

President: Bharat Jagdeo
Prime Minister: Samuel Hinds

Other information

Currency: Guyana Dollar
Time Zone: GMT – 04:00
Area: 214,970 km2 or 83,000 sq mi
Country Code: 592
We drive on the left side of the road.

More information about Guyana | World Cities: Georgetown

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